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Ethereal Romance In The Mountains Of North Carolina

With soft lush florals and a mountain-range view, it doesn’t get more romantic than this North Carolina wedding! We’ve fallen head over heels for this dreamy aesthetic planned by Silk & Sabal and with just one look it’s easy to see why. Carefully curated details fill the day, from the couple’s custom monogram to a fabulous floral installation by Petal And Fern turning the reception into a real-life fairytale. Kristen Weaver perfectly captures the tender moments in her elegant imagery. Be prepared to fall in love in the full gallery.

From Kristen WeaverElizabeth and Ed were married in a luxury mountain-top wedding in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina! Their custom monogram included their dog, Cash, their horse, and lots of Floridian details- it was even printed on the server’s aprons and tea-towels!

The ceremony ended with a huge confetti recessional. Guests were transported to the venue where they were greeted with refreshing Sangria cocktails.

Their floral details were soft and lush, and the Chateau was filled with white linens, stone plates and candles. 150 guests traveled from Miami, Cuba, and Puerto Rico to celebrate with the couple with a Hora Loca including Samba dancers, drummers, and coffee cart.

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Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Cinematography: KEJ Productions | Event Planning: Silk and Sabal | Floral Design: Petal and Fern WNC | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: 50 Fifty the Art of Dessert | Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Entertainment: NC Brazilian Arts Project | DJ: I rock your Party | Groom's Attire: Pepi Bertini | Officiant: Love & Wisdom Officiants | Wedding Venue: The Ridge | Beauty: Powder Me Pretty | Beauty (Bride): Bronze Glow Beauty | Bridal Salon: Chic Parisien | Day Of Paper: Andi Mejia | Music: Carolina Music Planner | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Rancho Las Palmas Resort And Hotel | Rentals: Professional Party | Stationery and Day of Signage: Two Peas Designs

Nashville Singer Songwriters Wed in an Intimate Destination Elopement Amidst the Clouds

Singer songwriters Jamie and Jimmy had a wedding as beautiful as the sweetest melody. They decided to tie the knot in North Carolina where Godfreys designed the most elegant of days amongst the clouds. Beautiful blooms by Kassie Kay Floral Design in shades of pink, blush, and cream filled the wedding with romance. You can feel the love in the artful imagery by A Thomas Photography. Don’t miss the full gallery, it’s sure to be like music to your ears.

From A Thomas Photography Jamie and Jimmy are singer-songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee, so when they began thinking of their wedding day, music was always going to be at the core. Jamie’s father is a world-class jazz musician, and her sister is also an incredibly talented singer, and they performed an acoustic version of “I Know How the River Feels”.

A few weeks before her wedding day, Jamie had a dream that her beloved, late Grandpa Sonny came to visit her. He told her “I will meet you on the mountaintop, and I will bring the sun”. It was a sweet dream, but when her wedding day dawned drizzling and covered in clouds with an 80% chance of rain, she didn’t think much more of it’s meaning. However, as Jamie and Jimmy began to say their vows to one another, the sun broke through the clouds and the fog lifted to showcase the magnificent mountain views beyond the ceremony space. Everyone gasped and Jamie and her mom both exclaimed, “he’s here”!

Like so many other couples throughout this strange year, the guest list for Jamie and Jimmy’s wedding became only immediate family. Jimmy’s family lives in Canada, so they were unable to attend due to strict COVID procedures. True to pandemic wedding form, they Zoomed in for the ceremony. The design of their intimate elopement was equal parts rock and roll and romantic modernism.

Photography: A. Thomas Photography | Event Planning: Godfreys | Floral Design: Kassie Kay Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Elite Pour La Vie | Cake: cake envy | Invitations: Inquisited | Ceremony Venue: Rockwood Lodge | Shoes: Bella Belle | Beauty: Aubrey Heller | Handcrafted Jewelry: Haybelle Co | Rentals: The Prissy Plate Company | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals

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A Romantic Asheville Wedding Set Against The Mountains

Say hello to 360-degree views of gorgeous mountain ranges at this North Carolina wedding. The Planning Asheville designed a day that leaves no detail unturned, from the swoon-worthy outdoor ceremony to the reception space dripping with elegance. The florals by Floressence Flowers rival the beauty of the mountain range and fill the day with unrivaled romance. You’ll get lost in the artful imagery Almond Leaf Studios. Make sure to visit the full gallery for every beautiful moment.

From the bride… Jack and I met at Duke University Hospital across a trauma bay in the emergency department. It was Jack’s first year as an orthopaedic surgery resident and I was the nurse in charge of that bay. There was an instant connection but (of course!) we had to be professionals and take care of the patient between us. Two weeks went by and I ran into Jack on his last week of his emergency department rotation, talk about fate! Jack asked me out on the spot.

On the day of our wedding, it was truly magical seeing all the pieces come together. I loved all the rich lush greenery in Tulum when Jack and I visited there. We had the best trip and I wanted to incorporate some of that energy into our wedding. The florals were the highlight of the decor and it brought me great joy to hear guests say it looked like a jungle.

Overall, my advice is classic. Enjoy it all. What matters is that you are getting married and you are surrounded by friends and family that love you. It makes me emotional thinking back to how all of our favorite people gathered to celebrate our love. The day may have been a blur, but I will never forget how I felt.

Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Coordination: Officiant Kinah Schwartz | Event Planning: The Planning | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Cake: 50/Fifty The Art Of Desert | Reception Venue: The Ridge | Catering: Rhubarb | DJ: Men of Distinction | DJ: Carolina Music Planner | Beauty: Bella Bridal

Modern Marie Antoinette Inspired Spring Wedding

Romance is in full effect at this magical garden party of a wedding! Here at SMP, we love a good mismatched bridal party, so naturally, this group of gals totally caught our eye! Stunning floral designs by FLORA embodied the warm spirits of Amber and Will, and we’re getting butterflies from the beauty of it all. It’s safe to say, this is the definition of a spring wedding done right. Lindley Battle Photography captured the extraordinary emotions and lovely details in the full gallery that you sure don’t want to miss!

From Lindley Battle Photography… Set at the historic Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Amber and Will threw a stunning spring wedding featuring lush floral design with modern garden party elegance. Every detail of the day was impeccably planned, from the creative floral dresses of Amber’s bridesmaids to the elegant simplicity of their ceremony overlooking the lake. When asked to describe their wedding in three words, Amber and Will said that the day was a dreamy, magical garden party. With the luxury venue being located five minutes from Amber’s childhood home, she spent so much time during her younger years walking around the grounds, which made having her wedding there so much more special and meaningful.

For both Amber and Will, family and friends are incredibly important, and getting to celebrate this special day with their loved ones from all over was everything they could have asked for. When asked about their wedding planning experience, Amber said that she really loved how Will wanted to have a say in the parts of the wedding that were important to him – the band, the food, the first dance, and the marriage counseling. They would make date nights out of figuring out the first dance and making a song list for the band. Amber shared that her biggest advice would be to have fun planning it all. Not to get too caught up in all of the little details. If the bride isn’t stressed – nobody is stressed. There will be mishaps that happen on your day but if you stay positive nobody will even notice. The band is key, the photographer is key, the venue is key. Everything else will fall into place, but be certain to get vendors that you trust!

When asked about her favorite moments of the day, here’s what Amber had to say: “I have always said since college I would rather stay at the pregame with my girls than go to the party. Getting ready with all of my best friends and sisters was so special to me. Lots of champagne and giggles. My dog is my best friend and she came for the last hour or so for pictures and to hang and that made my entire day. Seeing my dad for the first time was very emotional for me. I love him he is my best friend. I don’t know how to describe the feeling but I couldn’t believe he was about to give me away. I wanted more time! Seeing Will for the first time was the best feeling in the entire world. Knowing we were about to officially get married was indescribable. I have never been so happy. It was such a special moment and I am so glad we chose to do a first look. I will never forget the way he looked at me the first time he saw me. Still gives me butterflies and a smile from ear to ear. I for sure thought since I had cried so many tears at the rehearsal dinner I would be good to go to say my vows. Did not happen. I could barely get through them without choking up and crying. I love how Will was looking at me and said, “You can do this”. It was just another reminder of how much he loves me and how I know he will be my biggest cheerleader throughout our life. I felt so safe with him there in front of all of our friends and family and I love that we got to start our married life that way.”

Photography: Lindley Battle Photography | Floral Design: FLORA | Ceremony Venue: The Graylyn Estate | Reception Venue: The Graylyn Estate | Band: Affirmative Groove | Beauty: Cali Stott Srtistry Cali Stott | Dress Designer: Anne Barge | Envelope Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Rentals: Party Reflections | Signage: Surcie | Venue Coordinator: Susan Hartle

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A Sentimental & Sweet Al Fresco Micro Wedding at Fearrington Village

After two date changes due to the pandemic, a switch in season and plenty design elements that required re-thinking… today’s gorgeous couple was finally able to tie the knot in a dreamy outdoor ceremony at Fearrington Village surrounded by their closest family and friends. Kast Event Co. supported the pair in every way, shape and form as COVID through all the curveballs their way throughout the planning process. They originally hoped for an indoor Spring wedding in a beautiful barn, but as it turns out… their outdoor celebration under endless string lights on a crisp Fall night was so much more than they could have ever imagined. Check out the full gallery of details to get majorly inspired, all taken by Nikki Santerre!

From Nikki SanterreCabell and Dave’s biggest priority, despite plan pivots and changes, was that they wanted their guests to have a joy-filled experience at their wedding at Fearrington Village, whether they could have twenty guests or just two. They prioritized their family and best friends and dined al fresco while music from a jazz band fluttered in through the bay doors. It was the perfect October night.

From Cheryl Ann, Kast Events...  Cabell and Dave handled every curveball that came their way due to Covid with kindness, understanding and grace. After two reschedules they decided move forward with their big day as ultimately all they wanted to be was married! The guest list was adjusted, and we made a few design tweaks here and there; like adding some fall hues to florals and tabletop. By the time their wedding day arrived, I truly felt like I have gained some new friends. Their day could not have been more perfect; from the weather down the florals, food and just all over vibe of the day. It was a joy to work with this family and I wish them only the best!

From the bride… Our planning experience (besides having to postpone multiple times) was so much fun. I am really into details, which is why I loved working with Cheryl-Anne with Kast Events because her style and mine are very similar and she loves details too! When it came to a totally different plan of action for the wedding (moving it all outdoors and not going with a lot of our original design plans) Cheryl-Anne made the experience flawless! As much as I wish we could have had our beautiful spring wedding outside and reception to follow in the barn with a big band, the intimate outdoor wedding we had was just as special if not more. We even got lucky as our fall wedding felt like a spring day, it was a beautiful and warm day! Meaningful moments : Our rings are all passed down in the family, which is pretty special! My dad passed away 5 years ago and my mom gave me her diamond that my dad gave her for Dave to then reset and give to me. My wedding band is Dave’s grandmothers that we reset and Dave’s ring is his grandfathers.

Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography | Event Planning: Kast Events | Floral Design: The Fearrington House | Gown: Coastal Knot | Catering: The Fearrington House | Groom's Attire: Executives Cutting Edge | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Location: The Fearrington House | Paper: Empress Stationery

Asheville Wedding Planner’s Amazing Bridal Shower

Editor’s Note: For starters, what’s not to LOVE about a bridal shower with donkeys adorned in the most gorgeous floral accessories? That’s right. And that’s just the beginning. This bridal shower is seriously what dreams are made of. 

Can we start with the donkeys? Because how adorable are donkeys with flowers in their satchels? Too cute! Right?! Okay, let me back up a bit. We are so excited to be a part of this incredible bridal shower for one of our favorite Asheville event planners, Caroline! Caroline works with Mingle Events! It’s her turn to tie the knot. So her Mingle gal pals, Candace, and Ashley planned the most beautiful celebration for our dear Caroline!

Along with a dream team of vendors, Candace and Ashley created the most beautiful bridal brunch we have ever been to. Greeted by Poppy and Bean as you enter the new barn at The Venue at Mills River. Grab a mimosa from the mimosa cart or a bloody mary and get your gab on with all your gal pals. Graze through the massive charcuterie display in the middle of the barn.

Then make your way to a cozy and gorgeously styled seating area around the barn. And don’t forget to pop by the dessert table for a cake pop or heart cookie. We had an amazing time celebrating Caroline!

After opening gifts, Caroline posed with Poppy and Bean on the quaint tree swing. Then spent time chatting with all her friends and family. It was a lovely afternoon.

Photography: McSween Photography | Event Planning: Candace - Mingle Events & Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Springvine Design | Cake: 50/Fifty The Art Of Desert | Invitations: Inquisited | Reception Venue: The Venue at Mills River | DJ: The Erica Berg Collective | Balloon Art: Smash Box Catering | Bar Cart: Jacks 47 | Catering & Bloody Mary Bar: Verbena Cakes and Catering | Donkeys: Blue Ridge Burros | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals | Sinage: Joy Unscripted

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A Black-Tie Micro Wedding at The Groom’s Family Farm

“It’s about the marriage, not the wedding.” Truer words have never been spoken. When today’s bride needed to let go of her original wedding plans due to COVID, repeating this statement to herself over and over allowed her to realign with the main goal of their wedding weekend – to say “I do” to her forever person! With help from her planner, J.Elliott Style, the beautiful couple tied the knot in a gorgeous black-tie affair in the mountains at the groom’s family farm in Cashiers, NC. To see all the timeless beauty from their day, check out the full gallery – all taken by Elizabeth Lanier Photography!

From the Bride, Victoria… Russell proposed on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in March on the family property where he grew up. We frequented his farm on weekend retreats from busy city life, which made it possible for him to pull off the surprise. A very normal day and car ride down to the farm left me with no inclination of what would later ensue. With the help of family, he had transformed the space with gorgeous blooms, petals, and candles. The answer was an easy yes! Russell had invited our families and many close friends to a surprise engagement party and dinner afterward to celebrate. It was one of the best nights!

We immediately knew we wanted to host our wedding in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina, as this is another very special place to the two of us. We’ve spent many weekends in these mountains and loved the beauty of the rolling hills. We drew inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding area. When dreaming about my wedding day, I saw lots of natural tones and classic, comfortable elegance all while being surrounded by our closest friends and family in a place that means so much. Wedding planning always seemed daunting to me, so keeping the day as peaceful and laid back as possible was a huge priority, even down to the details. My mother and I made several trips up to Cashiers where we ironed out the day’s details and dreamed about how gorgeous this May evening would be.

Our original plans were to wed May 9, 2020, and I never anticipated anything changing this, certainly not a global pandemic. Towards the middle of March, even though our venue had not closed down yet, I accepted that our May 9th wedding would not be able to proceed as planned. Due to the uncertainty, many believed that the day could still go on, but Russell and I both agreed that we needed to go ahead and pivot our plans. Looking back, making the decision as early as we did was the best call we could have made. Most in similar situations chose to postpone their celebrations to later in the year, or the year following. For us, this was never an option — we wanted to be married and did not want to wait another day. So our search for the second venue began. We chose Russell’s family home, nestled by the lake was the most beautiful little island with an oak tree looking onto the water. Surrounded by our immediate family only, we said our vows. It felt just right! We hosted an intimate dinner party on the summer patio. We incorporated family heirlooms to create a meaningful table setting and pay tribute to those that couldn’t be there with us. We used my great grandmother’s Tiffany & Co China and my Grandmother’s Belgium lace tablecloth that has been passed down. My something blue was a beautiful sapphire ring that was passed down to me by my grandmother and namesake.

Throughout our engagement season, I maintained the statement that “it’s about the marriage, not the wedding”. Letting go of our original wedding plans was tough, but repeating this to myself help me manage the disappointment and realign with the main goal of our wedding weekend: to marry Russell. There were of course aspects of our wedding day that we both had looked so forward to that just could not happen, such as no wedding guests other than our very immediate families. This was not ideal, but we both knew sacrifices would have to be made and leaned on each other. We are forever grateful for our families, specifically both of our mothers, who pulled out all of the stops in a major time crunch to make this day so special for us and host such a meaningful event at home. The day ended up being so perfect just as it was, that I never looked back or thought about our original plans again. I would not change a thing!

By far my favorite memory of the day was the first look and finally getting to see Russell. The time between having to cancel plans for our original wedding to May 9th seemed like a blur. The day really felt so real when I was able to finally see him and the rest felt like a dream. Our wedding photographs were a huge priority to me and the most important investment of our wedding. Choosing Elizabeth Lanier was my first wedding decision and by far my best. Her eye for detail and love for natural light set her apart. Every image was skillfully and expertly executed with the true emotions and beauty of the day on the main display. Russell and I both felt so comfortable and at ease with Sarah Elizabeth behind the lens, which absolutely shows in the images. I could go on and on about how happy we were with Sarah and her photographs, but I will let the images speak for themselves. I would choose Elizabeth Lanier over and over again.

Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Wedding Planning: J.Elliott | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Beautifully Baked by Bonne | Stationery: Ink Sugar | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Makeup: Irrelephant | Wedding Venue: Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club | Groom's Bowtie: Brackish Bowties | Groom's Tux: Knot Standard | Processing: PhotoVision Prints

A Whimsical Garden Wedding With a Favor Idea to Leave Your Guests Feeling Pampered

Stumped on a wedding favor idea that will stand out and really wow your guests? Then you need to see the “DIY Bath Scrub Bar” from today’s garden wedding planned by Mingle Events! I mean, is that not the cutest favor idea ever?! We’re obsessed. Dive right into all the inspiration this whimsical affair has to offer, complete with romantic floral installations from Springvine Design, all captured at the full gallery by Madeline Trent Photography!

From Madeline Trent PhotographyThis summer mountain wedding at Hawksdene Estate in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina is elegant and whimsical. After re-scheduling their original April wedding to August, Ashley and Shane were over the moon to finally tie the knot amongst their closest friends and family in a weekend celebration that was heartfelt and stylish. 

Whitney Randall with Springvine Designs used florals in a soft, pastel color palette to create a garden themed ceremony and reception. The growing aisle which was lined with arrangements culminating in a stunning arbor underneath a tree-lined driveway had wedding guests feeling as if they were in a secret garden.

A sunset al fresco dinner on long farm tables covered in romantic floral installations, created an intimate and heartfelt experience. The bride made and painted her own wedding cake and the beautiful favor table- a “DIY Bath Scrub Bar” that had all the ingredients to leave guests feeling pampered long after a night of dancing and celebration. 

Ashley and Shane are the sweetest couple, and I am so honored that I was able to be a part of their beautiful day.

Photography: Madeline Trent | Event Planning: Candace - Mingle Events & Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Springvine Design | Invitations: Lauren Roberts | Ceremony Venue: Hawkesdene House | Reception Venue: Hawkesdene House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Hawkesdene House | Hair & Makeup: Mena Garcia Beauty | DJ: Joshua Lee | Groom's Attire: Robert Jamison Collection | Officiant: A Grand Beginning | Accomodations: Hawkesdene House | Bride's Dress: Essense of Australia | Live Painter: Julia McNally

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Modern Barn Wedding Inspiration with Pops of Coral Charm Peonies

This gorgeous shoot was inspired by the herringbone walls of the gorgeous North Carolina barn venue – Board and Batten! Eliana Nunes Floral & Event Design brought their modern yet whimsical vision to life complete with lush coral charm peonies, velvet tablecloths and a blooming floral arbor that’s about to go viral all over Pinterest. Lucky for us, Hillary Meulleck was there to capture every inspiring detail! Head on over to the full gallery and prepare to fall in loveee. 

Oh, and another thing we love about this shoot? The gorgeous couple. We honestly don’t receive enough submissions featuring POC, despite there being so many beautiful weddings out there that are produced by amazingly talented vendor teams. We’d love to receive more, so if you have a wedding or styled shoot that you’d like us to consider for publication on SMP – just click here to submit!

From Eliana Nunes Floral & Event DesignThis Modern Barn Wedding was inspired by the venue itself! Board and Batten highlights herringbone walls, a huge double-sided stone fireplace, and a stunning bridal suite that would make any bride feel gorgeous! 

For this inspiration, Eliana of Eliana Nunes Floral & Event Design wanted to use the pantone color of year, along with shades of blue. She designed the ceremony with draping greenery hanging from the chandeliers, a whimsical floral arch, and lines of white wooden chairs to give the space a clean, yet whimsical look. At the reception, coral peonies, coral parrot tulips and rich greens highlighted the stone fireplace, with golden candle holders adding the final touch. Velvet tablecloths from Nuage Designs helped bring the most gorgeous shades of blue, from sky blue to rich turquoise. Signature drinks were displayed on a charming antique piece from Eventful NC

Gorgeous velvet escort cards and hand-painted invitation suite with a custom crest, dinner menus, and cocktail signage were designed and calligraphed by Priya of Piachella Calligraphy. The cake was a simple two tiered cake with a marbled exterior, swirls of gold and just the right touch of florals. Hair and Makeup was provided by Tease and Blush to create a flawless and glowy look for our bride. The pink lip and rosy cheeks were the perfect compliment to the subtle pink and floral accented wedding gown that was designed by TWOO and provided by Bellissima Bridal Boutique

From Windsor Jewelers, our bride wore the emerald cut halo engagement ring and wedding band while our groom wore a hammered silver wedding band. Hillary Muelleck Photography used Fuji 400 film to best capture the rich and vibrant color palette of the pink florals and blue velvets. Shooting on film provides a richness to each photo while also keeping the elements soft and intimate. Every detail, from the floral accents on the wedding gown to the herringbone architecture of the venue walls, was intentionally highlighted when designing and styling this vibrant barn wedding. We hope this inspires all you barn wedding lovers who want a modern and whimsical vibe!

Photographer: Hillary Muelleck Photography | Floral and Event Design: Eliana Nunes Events | Cake: Cake And All Things Yummy | Hair and Makeup: Tease And Blush | Barn: Board and Batten | Bar, Candlesticks, Glassware, Flatware: Eventful of NC | Bridal Gown: Bellissima | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Chairs and Chargers: Party Reflections | Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Custom Design, Windsor Jewelers | Film Photo Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Linens and Napkins: Nuage Designs | Models: Directions Usa | Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Priya Chelladurai

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This Bride Wore a Ruffled, Smoke Grey, Fiercely Feminine Wedding Dress and We’re Obsessed!

The minute we laid eyes on this intimate wedding at Half Mile Farm, we were convinced there’s no way a wedding this perfect could be real – it had to be a styled shoot! Nope. It’s real, and it’s unbelievably gorgeous. Where do we even begin? The knock-out smoke grey wedding dress? The 16-person guest list? The custom table runners and vintage china? There’s just too much to love. Host and Haven brought the couple’s intimate wedding dreams to life, while Vero Events wow’d us with their romantic floral creations. Live vicariously through the full gallery – captured by Sarah Ingram!

From Host and HavenHannah and Clark met in college in Charleston, South Carolina. The bride hails from the Midwest and the groom from Boston. Once they started a planning process, they knew they wanted something destination since everyone would have to travel regardless. While they loved their little beach town for everyday life, they wanted something a little more intimate for the wedding. The guest list was kept to immediate family only and the goal was for the weekend to feel inclusive and approachable. 

They chose Half Mile Farm, which is a tranquil country Inn tucked back on private property in the village of Cashiers, North Carolina. The historic farmhouse nestles perfectly on a rolling hill overlooking Apple Lake. Immediately upon arrival, your pace slows down, and that’s exactly what Clark and Hannah wanted for their big day. Hannah chose The Kahlo dress by Vagabond. The smoke grey color is made through a mixture of blush, blue, and ivory tulle. It includes an extendable train for extra drama. The structured corset front creates modern lines with the layers of texture in the tulle for delicacy. The designer describes the dress as “fiercely feminine” and we couldn’t agree more. Since the weather was a bit on the chiller side, the bride also wore a cashmere blue sweater at moments. 

Her statement earrings were made by Hyla Dewitt and clutch found at a local boutique. The ceremony was set facing a beautiful historic farmhouse on a hill. Guests sat on wooden benches and were offered pashminas in the chillier temperatures. The aisle was adorned with a seagrass runner and fresh ivory rose petals. The grooms’ brother acted as the officiant and her long-term friend as a bridesmaid. Cocktails & canapes were enjoyed on the back patio of the main house. Guest nibbled on Pumpkin and Chestnut, Forest Mushroom, Sunchoke- Parsley Root Soup Shooters, Truffle Potato Croquettes with Sour Cream and Sturgeon Caviar, and Lime and Juniper Roasted Venison Skewers with Baby Shiitake and Tupelo Honey. 

Dinner was served in the inside ballroom for the sixteen guests. The base linens were a velvet duck egg tone and covered with horizontal custom table runners made from Schumacher. The plate ware was a gold-rimmed charger and the dinner plate was their inherited wedding china in Juliska Country Estate. The setting was made complete with silverware, clear cut glassware, chocolate linen napkins, and a gorgeous name tag and menu designed by Emily Baird Design. A nod to traditional prints and modern lettering. The floral and textured taper candles completed the look with a mix of local foliage and blooms. Floral varieties included black eye anemones, mustard and nude roses, hellebore, queen Anne’s lace, lilac, bunny tails, delphinium, copper beech, and blossom quince branches.

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Photography: Sarah Ingram | Floral Design: Vero Designs | Cake : Sugar Cloud Baking Company | Ceremony Venue: Half-Mile Farm | Reception Venue: Half-Mile Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Venue : Half-Mile Farm | Bridal Clutch : Jean's Bridal | Bridal Gown : Vagabon Bridal | Bridal Jewelry : Hyla Dewitt | Bridal Styling : The Edit Collective | Catering & Bar : Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Custom Runners : Schumacher | Designer : Host and Haven | Hair & Make Up : Erin Ryser | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Design : Emily Baird Design | Rentals : Crush Event Rentals | Tabletop Rentals : Ooh! EventHaus | Video : Anchor Heart Films

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A Romantic Wedding Complete With 345 Guests AND A Hanging Cake Installation You Just HAVE To See!

It is no easy task to plan, and create almost every detail of a 345 person wedding (including all florals and stationery,) but Rebecca Rose Events not only nailed it but did it all with some of the most beautiful details! From elegant, French-inspired lounge furniture to crafting a hanging cake installation for the gorgeous Cakes by Chloe wedding cake, the intricate, beautiful details were at every turn! Henry Photography captured all of those details and all of the romance as the happy couple danced the night away with their guests! Take a look below and be sure to check out the full gallery here!

From Rebecca Rose EventsDo you remember the 21st night of September? We always will!

When asked what they hoped to most remember thinking back on their wedding 20 years from now, Conley and David said, “We want to remember the love, warmth, and happiness that was shared privately between us, but also these moments with our friends and family.” We’re confident that they’ll always remember those moments. It was an evening to remember, for sure!

The black-tie wedding celebration began with a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Centenary United Methodist Church, followed by a clear top tented reception at a nearby private farm.

Guests arrived at the reception to find a large outdoor patio with lounge furniture, which led into a tent for cocktail hour. There everyone was served tray-passed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, around the gorgeous “Bubbly Bar”, where the champagne was flowing! To signal the end of cocktail hour, the band started to play, and the curtains pulled back to reveal a hidden passageway into a larger clear top reception tent for dinner and dancing. On their way into the tent, guests feasted their eyes on a hanging cake installation, designed by our team in collaboration with pastry chef, Chloe Lee of Cakes by Chloe.

The reception tent was adorned with loosely hung smilax greenery, crystal chandeliers, and modern french style furniture. The color palette was intentionally neutral, featuring ivory, white, and rose gold, so that Conley’s favorite pops of green could really sing. We lined many portions of the tent walls with boxwood, and the stage was surrounded by fresh flowers. As the sunset, Conley, David, and their 345 guests danced the night away, before leaving in the glow of a sparkling grand exit.

And yes, the band kicked off the party with a killer rendition of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September”.

Photography: Henry Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Chloe | Church: Centenary United Methodist Church | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: 1703 Restaurant & Catering | Hair & Makeup: Glass Door Salon and Spa | Calligraphy: jill velez calligraphy | Band: Men of Distinction | Day-of Transportation: Triad Trolleys | Getaway Transportation: Air Haven Limo | Linens: Nuage Designs | Planning, Design, Production: Rebecca Rose Events | Private Residence: Private Residence | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Sound & Lighting: Sound Illusions | Stationery & Welcome Gift Boxes: Rebecca Rose Events

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You’re Going to Want to Steal These Stunning “Something Blue” Bridesmaids Dresses for Your Wedding

It was the perfect Spring day for a wedding at Sanderling Resort! The gorgeous couple tied the knot on the sandy beaches of Outer Banks in front of 150 of their closest family and friends, including their adorable golden retriever pup who just so happened to be named after their wedding locale – “Banks”! (How cute is that?!) Kristin Allen had the festivities running perfectly while Holiday House Weddings & Events decorated the day in blush pink and white blooms. Lucky for us, Lauren Fair Photography was there to capture every sweet moment, check out the full gallery to see all the inspiration this wedding has to offer!

From Sanderling ResortThey were married by the sandy beaches of the Outer Banks at Sanderling Resort. The florals were dusty pink and stark white to pair with the pale blue skies. Jessica’s bridesmaids completed the soft romantic vibe with long, flowing blue and white dresses. 

After a magical first look with both her father, and her soon-to-be husband, a string quartet led Jessica to the Event Lawn to say her “I do” to Chris on the Event Lawn in front of 150 of their loving family and friends. 

The couples’ pup ‘Banks’, who’s name stems from the ‘Outer Banks’, was right beside to watch over the whole event. The Pavilion was a vision of crisp, clean whites complete with a cornhole set and lounge furniture from Amaranth + Artifact on the deck! 

Long white drapery and strung lights by Holiday House Weddings & Events overlooked the couple and their guests as they danced the night away.

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Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography | Videographer : Reel Love Weddings | Planner: Sanderling Resort | Florist: Holiday House Weddings & Events | Wedding Cake: Just Desserts | Calligraphy : Caitlin Jane Calligraphy | Officiant: Tony Joseph | Ceremony Music: Club Violin | Transportation: OBX Trolley | Venue: Sanderling Resort | Accommodations: Sanderling Resort | Cocktail - Reception Music: Outer Banks Wedding Entertainment | Cornhole Boards: Prop Box Rentals | Dancefloor and X-Back Chairs: Metro Rental | Donuts: Duck Donuts | Hair/Makeup : Lovies Salon & Spa | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Lounge Furniture: Amaranth + Artifact

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A Mountain Top Wedding With A Little Rain and A Lot of Color!

Boy, do I love when a color palette completely surrounds a bouquet! What I love, even more, is when they are bright and colorful like these florals, beautifully crafted by Floressence Flowers. Not only did they deliver for the bride’s bouquet but they created the most stunning reception installation at The Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club. While a bit of a rainstorm delayed their ceremony, it made for the best mountainside images by Perry Vaile Photography! Take a peek below, and check out Hart to Hart Media’s video of the couple’s dreamy day!

From the Bride…Sam and I met on my first day of work in mid-July of 2013. Our firms, his real estate, and mine marketing shared office space at the time (and still do today!). Our friendship was platonic for two and a half years until one evening at a post-work happy hour, we found ourselves effortlessly chatting the night away and made all excuses to extend our time together. From that night on, our relationship was fast and fun.

Sam will die claiming he fell in love the moment he saw me. Cute of him, but we really sealed the deal over pitchers of Shiner Bock at Milo Butterfingers, a windowless dive bar in Dallas. My mom had sent me the NY Times article that received some attention that year, The 36 Questions That Lead to Love. I shamelessly suggested we try it out. We sat in a grungy booth laughing and listening to each other for nearly three hours. If there was any doubt before, it was gone. That night confirmed it – we had both found our match.

Fast-forward two short years. Sam proposed, and unknown to me, I planned the engagement celebration – he’s clever like that. His July birthday offered the perfect excuse to gather friends on a Friday night at, you guessed it, Milo Butterfingers (his idea). He proposed at our house a few hours before the celebration was set to begin. It was quiet, sweet, and casual. He followed protocol by getting down on one knee and delivering some unforgettable words. I said, ‘yes’. We laughed, I cried, we Facetimed with our families, ate pizza and drank champagne before heading to Sam’s birthday party to share the big news with the rest of our friends. Note: Sam never told anyone his plan, which made for a night full of surprises all around.

We quickly narrowed our sights on a wedding in the North Carolina mountains, a corner of the world near and dear to both of us. I grew up in Charlotte and have spent summers in the mountains since childhood. Sam fell in love with the area early on in our relationship, and we could not pass up the opportunity to bring our friends and family from Texas and Nebraska together to experience everything it has to offer. An activity-filled guest experience was high on our priority list, so we planned hikes and played golf in the days leading up to the wedding. I even spent the morning of our wedding day on Lake Glenville with my dad and a few close friends.

We knew we wanted to get married outdoors with a long-range mountain view, and the 18th tee box at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club was certainly one of the most dramatic places we saw. At the edge of an elevated and exposed ridge, it delivered nearly 360-degree mountain views. For the ceremony and reception, we envisioned a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that was classic and elegant but with a colorful twist. I have always been drawn to bright, happy colors and knew I wanted that to come through the floral. The team at Floressence Flowers took my inspiration and crafted a stunning floral and moss-topped alter for the ceremony, along with my favorite part – a matching asymmetrical bouquet. The blush tones mixed with the vibrant pinks and oranges created a beautiful contrast against the blues and greens of the mountain backdrop.

The weather was pristine all weekend, warmer than anticipated, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. That is, until 20 minutes before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. Without warning, as can be the case in the mountains, the skies opened up and it poured. Lightning, thunder, a little hail, and plenty of rain. The storm ultimately delayed our ceremony by an hour. We laughed and used the extra time to snap a few photos while our guests enjoyed a bonus cocktail hour. The rain cleared leaving a misty landscape and dramatic sky, all of which were captured by our immensely talented and hilarious photographer, Perry Vaile.

Our cocktail-style reception was on a grass lawn under a sailcloth tent. The entry path was lined with lanterns and the space was filled with café lights and candles. Hanging floral installations framed the dance floor, which Sam and I did not leave all night long. We made our exit in a flurry of white confetti and rode slowly to Old Edwards Inn in the back of a white 1980s Excalibur Phaeton. With the top-down under the star-filled sky, it was the perfect end to a weekend we will never forget!

About Floressence FlowersFloressence is a floristry studio based in western North Carolina that specializes in floral design for weddings, rehearsal dinners and special occasions. Our work brings us to the most elegant and inspiring venues in North Carolina and beyond. At Floressence, we create from a deep sense of place. The mountains of western North Carolina and its lush biodiversity supply our designers with a surplus of inspiration and seasonal touches, the abundance we use to conjure your dream aesthetic. Our deeply personal approach paired with our talented team of designers and exquisite flowers conspire to create your most unforgettable moment. Surpassing expectations is our baseline.

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Photographer : Perry Vaile Photography | Videographer: Hart to Heart Media | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Cake: Sugar Cloud Baking Company | Catering: Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club | Hair and Makeup : Blush By Wendy | Band: Sol Fusion | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Wedding Venue: Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club | Ceremony Musician: Asheville String Trio | Event Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Event Rentals : Classic Event Rental | Linens: Nuage Designs | Wedding Planners: Asheville Event Co.

When the Rain Stops Just in Time and You Get the Ceremony of Your Dreams

When it comes to your wedding day, rain and an outdoor ceremony tend not to mix, but for this lucky couple, the rain only lasted through the morning AND they had Rebecca Rose Events who not only planned the entire soiree but knew how badly the bride wanted that outdoor ceremony and ensured that it happened! Once the clouds parted, Rebecca and her team were able to create stunning florals from ceremony to reception which all took place at The Merrimon-Wynne House. Photographed by Ally and Bobby Photography, every moment was beautifully captured from a greenery draped staircase to the bride’s stunning attire! Take a look below and be sure to watch their heartfelt video by Muddy Trails Film Co.

From Rebecca Rose EventsBecky and Nick desired a joyful day of celebration and that’s just what they had. Their outdoor ceremony was a dream come true, even after heavy rains hit just a few hours before the start time. From the earliest stages of the planning process, Becky felt strongly about having their ceremony in the garden outside their venue. She loved the crisp white exterior of the house, with its exquisite trim and detail, set against the contrast of the green garden area.

The original plan for inclement weather was to hold the ceremony inside the carriage house and flip that space for the reception while guests enjoyed cocktail hour inside the main house. The more we pondered that idea, the more we felt it wasn’t the right call.

Thank goodness for clear top tents! It poured and drenched us the morning of the wedding, but everything under that tent was dry and gorgeous! We were able to create a beautiful flower-filled ceremony setting with abundant natural light, set against the background of the historic house structure, just like Becky had always envisioned, and it was so lovely.

One favorite detail… Becky has an extensive personal collection of antique milk glasses vases and vessels that she wanted to incorporate. We used over 100 of her vases and mixed them with delicate clear glass bud vases to give meaningful character to the dinner tables. It was such a special touch.

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Photography: Ally and Bobby | Videography: Muddy Trails Videography | Wedding Cake: Ashley Cakes | Catering: Rocky Top Catering | Hair and Makeup: Tease And Blush | Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Lighting: Sound Illusions | Band: Souljam | Ceremony Music: Allegro Music | Cake Table Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Merrimon Wynne House | Linens: Party Reflections | Planning, Design, and Production (including Floral Design, Graph: Rebecca Rose Events | Rentals: Party Reflections | Stationery & Gift Boxes: Rebecca Rose Events

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North Carolina Garden Party Wedding with the Biggest Floral Arches We’ve Ever Seen

If we had our own Guinness Book of World Records for weddings, this fete would take first place prize for the grandest floral arches ever. Measuring in at 70 feet, these beauties set the stage for an at-home (yes! this is the Bride’s parents estate!) celebration for the books. McLean Events guided the gorgeous vision along with Blossom Bay on florals. There are plenty of views, thanks to Eric Kelley Photography—all here in the gallery.

From McLean EventsVanessa and Dennis world travelers. Dennis was raised in Germany, while Vanessa has lived in multiple countries and states that her life, one of them being Germany. After graduating college her career path brought her back Germany, specifically Hamburg where she met Dennis. After a two year courtship the couple got engaged. They chose her family’s new estate in Durham, North Carolina as the backdrop for their wedding day. We were inspired by the beautiful stone arches of the property and home combined with their love of architecture in Hamburg, which is famous for its many archways and wrought iron gates. We used them to launch the design plan and even incorporated them in the die-cut invitations and the entrance of the tent.

The bride wanted to bring the feeling of Hamberg to her family’s new town while gracefully combining their love of the English countryside. Upon visiting the family’s home, we knew we wanted to incorporate arches in the ceremony. We decided to create four custom 70 foot arches that would be built on the pre-existing trees. Flowers in all shades of burgundies, blush, pale pinks, and greens were dripping over the custom aisle runner and ivory diamond back chairs. Post ceremony guests made their way through the families home to the backyard when they was greeted by custom crafted cocktails: Lemon Charlie and the Flying Cucumber.

As guests made way to the dinner tent they found their tables on the hand drawn seating chart that is a nod to the couples travels and adventures. The X-shaped head table was anchored in the tent by a large fountain that served as the center focal point. Guess receded and served their first course of Hochzeitssuppe, a traditional German Soup with Chicken, Meatballs, Asparagus, and Noodles. Later in the evening the men and women’s tents opened with vintage bottles of champagne and trench truffles for the ladies and a cigar roller and whiskey tasting for the men.

After dancing under the twinkle lights of the tent guests were ushered into the after party that was held over the families indoor pool which was covered for the event and a neon signs and party props and DJ ready to keep going to to the wee hours of the morning.

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Photography: Eric Kelley Photography | Videography : Heart Stone Films | Floral Design: Blossom Bay Design | Catering: Rocky Top Catering | Band: Atlanta Showstoppers | Planning + Design: McLean Events | Rentals: Ooh! EventHaus | Rentals: Party Tables | Rentals : CE Rentals

Late-Summer Black Tie Wedding at Graylyn Estate in North Carolina

Woven into the fabric of this celebration are personal details that made Emily and Will who they are. Those are the very best kind of details my friends—hint, hint; those are the ones that will make your day truly yours. Floral and Event Designer, Amanda Day Rose is sharing a bit of this duo’s sweet story below, along with a collection of images by Amanda Castle to make you feel as if you were there to witness it all.

From Amanda Day RoseWith its gorgeous classic backdrop, Emily and Will chose to marry at the exquisite Graylyn Estate in North Carolina under a romantic Chuppah covered in greenery. The tablecloth on the top of the Chuppah was from Emily’s grandparents, and survived the Holocaust. Emily relates this tablecloth to having her late grandparents watching over the whole wedding ceremony.

The couple wanted to incorporate as many personal details and family heirlooms as possible in their black tie affair, making it a meaningful, memorable celebration they and all their guests would always remember. Emily wore her grandmother’s pearls gifted to her by her late grandfather. Will wore cufflinks that Emily had gifted to him when they first began dating.

Emily and Will chose to use a sword to cut their cake at the end of the evening – a sword that has been in Will’s family for four generations! After a four course dinner where Emily and Will were able to spend plenty of time with their guests, the couple ended the evening dancing the night away with their closest friends and family.

Wedding Gown: Anne Barge | Cake: Regi Originals | Catering: The Graylyn Estate | Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum | Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs | DJ: K2 Productions | Venue: Graylyn Estate | Florals & Event Design: Amanda Day Rose | Photo Booth: Zim Zoom Photobooth | Rentals: Party Reflections | Wedding Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Wedding Photographer: Amanda Castle Photography

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Bohemian Country Wedding with a Touch of Whimsy at Barn of Chapel Hill

A white barn, the goodness of Chapel Hill and boho details… this is the beautiful combo that makes up today’s Southern fete planned by Kast Events. We’re getting to know these two Bride babes—from the thoughtful proposal to their favorite memories of their celebration—dive into the interview below and make sure to soak up the full day documented by Krystal Kast.

1. How did you meet?

We met in high school, East Chapel Hill High School, where we played soccer together. We grew up less than a mile apart on the greenway in Chapel Hill but didn’t know each other until I was a junior at East and she and her twin sister, Leigh, were on the soccer team. We came back together when I moved from Atlanta to Chapel Hill for medical school and Paige moved back from Boone when her dad was diagnosed with cancer so she could be with her family. We saw each other again at our yearly East reunion at TOPO the Friday after Thanksgiving (We never actually have real reunions because we have them yearly at TOPO—it’s bizarre). We have known each other for 15 or so years but started dating about 6 months to a year after she moved back to CH.

2. How did the proposal happen?

It happened on Christmas Day at our house in Chapel Hill. I had a book made for her—its a hard cover book made by LoveBook—with stick figures of the two of us and it’s called, “I love you – My reasons why” and I gave it to her on Christmas. Her family was in town and staying with us for Christmas so the whole clan was there and knew what was about to happen. I asked them to stay inside so I could give her the book and ring but slowly, one by one, everyone somehow made it out to the patio where we were sitting and wanted her to show them every SINGLE PAGE of the book. I literally couldn’t get on one knee because her mom was nearly on top of me it was ridiculous! But also sweet and cute. The last page of the book asked, “Will you marry me?” To which she replied, “Of course!”- it was awesome.

3. When did you know she/she was “the one?”

I knew she was the one a few years before we even moved in together… to me Paige is a no-brainer, but I think she needed to think about whether or not I was worthy of being her wife. So I waited… and waited… and waiteeedddd… and it was completely worth it.

4. Tell us about your wedding inspiration:

Boho, country barn style, pintrested to the max. Cheryl-Anne’s style was exactly what we were looking for. Greenery, flowers, rustic.

5. Any special details or fun memories from wedding day you’d like to share?

Paige wrote me the sweetest card I’ve ever received – it was actually perfect because not only was it the most thoughtful and loving writing I could imagine, it was specifically meant to keep me from crying during the ceremony, and it did!

I thought having our family members be such a big part of the wedding was really special – our brothers played the music, brother and sister did the readings – Alex and Cliff who are as much brothers as anyone, wrote us a freaking poem and then read it and it was adorable! And John, my younger bro, officiated and crushed it! The selfie guestbook has some real winners in it – as the book progresses you can tell people are getting drunker and the pictures are absolute gems!

And then during the ceremony there were the shotguns that were going off the entire time – what the hell was that? I thought it was funny, a “shotgun wedding” perhaps? The bug that crawled up John’s neck that I had to save him from.

We had an absolute blast! There are so many wonderful memories from that weekend that I can’t even really begin.

Photography: Krystal Kast Photogaphers | Event planning and design: Kast Events | Floral Design: The Barn of Chapel Hill | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Whole Foods Market | Invitations: Indigo Envelope | Catering: Beau Catering | Hair and makeup: Salon 135 | Makeup and Hair: Wink Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Joe Bunn | Favors: Extraordinary Adventures | Ceremony and Reception: The Barn of Chapel Hill | Custom made rings: William Travis Jewelry | Dress designer: Claire Pettibone | Dress designer: Eddy K | Dress store: Gilded Bridal | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Rentals: CE Rentals

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Romantic Raleigh Garden Wedding at Merrimon-Wynne House

When it comes to Southern garden weddings—this one my friends, is your blueprint. Set at the ever-charming Merrimone-Wynne House, and dressed to the nines thanks to A Southern Soiree and Specialties Florals & Events, it’s the kind of soiree that will never go out of style. You can be sure every single capture from Caroline Lima will stand the test of time.

From the bride… Around Christmas of 2011, MG and I met through mutual friends. I was drawn in by his generosity and his long-lasting relationships with those he loved. After almost six years of cherished time together, MG proposed in the fall of 2017. We were with friends in Asheville, NC, and it was exactly one year from our Wedding date. Even with me being from New York, we knew we wanted an intimate gathering of our closest family and friends, and at no better place then where it all started- Raleigh, North Carolina.

While planning our wedding, I knew that I wanted it to feel like a romantic garden party. We wanted lots of greenery, and cascading flowers while adding in lots of personal, custom details, most of which we could use again in our home. We centered a lot of our reception around our Custom Crest that was made by Simply Jessica Marie. It has a lot of details embedded in it that were very personal to us, and that told our love story.

On the day of the wedding we were fortunate to have a beautiful and sunny, yet crisp, late fall day. We had a wedding for 120 of our closest friends & family, with a ceremony in front of a beautiful floral and greenery arch. I wore an Enzoani gown, paired with one of my favorite details of the wedding, my cathedral length veil and hair combs by Cheryl King Couture, along with my “something borrowed”, which were 2 hair clips that my sister wore in her wedding. These pieces were very special to me, not only because I was wearing something of my sisters, but I knew that this would be something that I could pass down to my children for generations to come.

We chose black tuxes for the men, with MG wearing a Navy tux to stand out, while the girls wore Aidan and Mira Jenny Yoo dresses in Whipped Apricot in the style of their choice.

The venue, The Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, alone was stunning, but we chose to accent it with loose, organic florals using soft jewel tones, with pops of plum and burgundy. The bouquets were hand tied with a mix of silk and velvet ribbons. We continued our floral aesthetic with a floral chandelier in the carriage house, centered on the dance floor. With its cascading florals and greenery, it was the focus of the reception creating a romantic, garden party feel. There were also four greenery balls that cascaded down in the corners of the room.

We tried to not leave any detail out, with using the most of our Custom Crest by Simply Jessica Marie. We incorporated it into our napkins, cups, programs, and pillow cases. I also had one of my favorite artists, BECCA, paint a watercolor of the Merrimon-Wynne House to use as a guest book. I know we will always cherish this as it holds a reminder of one of our favorite days, and we will have it hanging in our house for years to come.

With my Mother being Italian, we couldn’t have desserts without Italian cookies and Jordan almonds being present. Along with our gorgeous wedding cake by the The Cupcake Shoppe, we had additional cakes for our guests from the amazing Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery.

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Florist: Specialties Florals & Events | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Donovan's Dish | Hair & Makeup: Ashley Mooney | Hair & Makeup: Ron Carlos Salon | Ceremony music: Arioso Strings | Bar Hashtag: Happily Ever Etched | Cake Artist: The Cupcake Shoppe | Cards Against the Davises and Bar Signage: Chelsea Celeste Design & Photography | Cups and Napkins: Sip Hip Hooray | Day of Calligrapher: Mason Dixon Design | Embroidered Napkins: Lumina Embroidery | Event venue: Merrimon-Wynne House | Furniture Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Groom and Groomsmen's attire: The Black Tux | Guest Book Painting: BECCA | Invitations, Acrylic Signage, and Programs: Haley Michelle Designs | Ornaments: Coton Colors | Other Cakes: Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery | Planning and styling: A Southern Soiree | Reception music: Bunn DJ Company | Rentals: CE Rentals | Veil: Cheryl King Couture | Wedding Crest and Pillows: Simply Jessica Marie | Wedding Dress Designer : Enzoani | Wedding dress boutique: Divas Boutique and Bride

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A Hauntingly Romantic Wedding at the Graylyn Estate

We love when a bride and groom think outside the typical blush pink and green wedding box and opt for something a little more wild! With a bit of help from Rebecca Rose Events, this gorgeous couple absolutely nailed their “hauntingly romantic” wedding theme. They tied the knot at Graylyn Weddings in front of 400 (yup, 400!) of their closest friends and family surrounded by lush arrangements of fluffy blooms in rich, bold hues. Just waittt until you see the reception captured beautifully by Perry Vaile Photography. We’ll give you a little hint: HANGING. CAKE.

From Rebecca Rose Events… When we first met Hannah and Travis and asked them to describe the way they wanted their wedding to look and feel, their answer gave us chills: “hauntingly romantic”. If something is “haunting”, that means it really stays with you… So we set out to create a sensory experience that was inviting, romantic, and that would leave an incredible impression. 

This sweet couple has style in spades. They’re both accomplished hair stylists and and it was such a joy to design for these two artists who appreciate the power of aesthetics! Together we worked to incorporate elements of classic beauty and add in just the right amount of edginess.

Flowers were a huge priority for both the bride and groom, so we incorporated lush, fluffy blooms such as hydrangea, garden roses, and peonies that were rich in color. We paired wine, blush, and soft champagne tones with black and deep grey taper candles and chargers, along with black chargers and gold flatware. There was no shortage of texture or intrigue!

he invitation suite included letterpress and gold foil imprint, as well as custom watercolor illustration, and a unique velluto fabric backing on the invitation card (the same type/texture of fabric used on the tables at the wedding.) We used the suite to introduce a peek at all of the wedding elements guests would experience. The more interesting an invitation suite, the better the turnout… And well, that adage held true, as over 400 guests attended the wedding to celebrate Hannah and Travis!

The ceremony was held on the majestic front lawn of the historic Graylyn Estate, with the manor house in the background. The couple exchanged vows just before sunset and then everyone enjoyed cocktail hour inside the manor house. After cocktail hour, a plated dinner was service inside a large custom tent on the back lawn, followed by dancing and late night snacks under a separate tent.

Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Videography: Inkspot Crow Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Chloe | Stationery: Rebecca Rose Events | Catering: The Graylyn Estate | Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Ceremony Music: Allegro Music | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Bridal Salon: Nitsa's | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Graylyn Estate | Chairs, Tables, China, Glassware, and Flatware Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Furniture & Bar Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Getaway Car: Air Haven Limo | Lighting, HVAC, Audio Visual: Sound Illusions | Linens: Nuage Designs | Planning, Event Design & Production: Rebecca Rose Events | Prop Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Reception Band: The Big Beyond | Tents: Hauser Rental Service

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Quaint Chapel Hill Wedding at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel

As hard as it can be to cull down a guest list, intimate weddings are sooo worth it if you want to truly interact with every guest celebrating your Big Day with you. Call me biased (I had less than 80!), but I think today’s Bride & Groom, Heather & Michael, have the right idea. With Kast Events & Company to help plan every cherished moment, they were able create a beautiful experience for their friends and family. Photographers, Ally and Bobby were also on the guest list and we’ve got the pretty documentation right here.

From the photographers, Ally and BobbyHeather and Michael were married in a quaint white chapel tucked away in the countryside of North Carolina. The joy in the air was tangible on that summer day! With less than 75 guests, they had an intimate celebration with their closest friends and family.

From the Bride… Michael and I both wanted to keep our wedding smaller and intimate with a meaningful venue that also incorporated the outdoors. We booked the sweet vintage chapel which was originally built in the 1800’s and renovated a couple of years before our wedding. It was just the right size, allowing less than 100 guests and incorporating a beautiful outdoor space. Additionally, the women who restored the chapel maintained many original details from the original church, including the pews and signage, which was special to see displayed. Since the space is so gorgeous, we wanted to incorporate greenery, and a classic color palette to highlight the natural beauty of the space.

We wanted our guests to feel loved and taken care of, much like they have loved and taken care of us, so we prioritized good food, drinks, and a fun ambiance. Choosing a fun and entertaining dj coupled with an interactive photo booth during the reception were additions that guests commented on how much they enjoyed all night. Almost 80% of our guests were traveling from out of town, so we wanted them to be able to enjoy themselves as we said I do!

From our venue, down to the florals, we chose to support mostly small local vendors with big hearts and personalities. We love supporting local businesses and wanted to continue that trend for our wedding as well. We also wanted to include as many friends as possible into our wedding day. One of our dearest friends officiated the wedding, another serenaded us as we walked down the aisle, and two of the bride’s former students were her flower girls. Our bridal party was intentionally small as well to include our most loved best friends and siblings. Heather wanted each bridesmaids to choose their own dress to complement their individual style and personality. While staying within a shades of blush color palate, their choices complemented one another and turned out better than she could have imagined.

The day was a whirlwind, so we were glad that we chose to have a first look and take a moment to see each other, calm some nerves, and be together without all of our guests, to share a quiet moment before the ceremony started. After much debate we decided to write our own vows to be read to one another during the ceremony, which was our favorite part of the entire day. Being able to use our own words to express our love to one another in the presence of our family and loved ones was such a special moment.

From our appetizers that paid homage to Michael’s southern heritage, to the florists incorporating all the bride’s favorite florals into her bouquet, everything felt like us. We included portraits of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days and used the bride’s late grandmother’s chalkboard to highlight how important our families are to us. The bride’s father even brought their beloved 12-year-old lab, Madison, to take pictures and enjoy an al fresco dinner under the market lights. The forecast leading up to the wedding was a downpour all day, so we were immensely grateful when the day was filled with sunshine and warmth. Our wedding will forever be a favorite memory of ours and we are so grateful to everyone who was a part of our day.

Photography: Ally and Bobby | Florals: Serendipity Designs | Cake: Simply Cakes | Catering: Durham Catering Company | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Ceremony and Reception: The Parlour Chapel | Guestbook: Sage Paper Co. | Hair and Make-up: Radiant hair + makeup | Photo Booth: Zim Zoom Photobooth | Planning: Kast Events | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Rentals: CE Rentals | Signage : Oaks + Gray Paper